AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin held a public meeting Monday to consider spending more than $500 million to add more green energy to the power grid.
“We have a goal of getting our carbon footprint down to 1995 levels by 2020,” Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis said.
The proposed expenditure would go towards building two massive solar farms in West Texas. Using power generated there, existing wind energy, and by phasing out the Fayette County coal power plant, Austin Energy says they will provide 35 percent of their customers’ power from renewable sources.
“We have a 200 megawatt goal of solar resources,” Weis said. “This is moving us towards fulfilling that goal. In fact, we’ll exceed it.”
The move would point Austin Energy in a greener direction, but how would it impact your electric bill?
“The key point is there will not be an increase in customers’ rates due to these acquisitions,” Weis said. Leaving a greener future for the next generation, and keeping a bit of extra green in your wallet.
“We’re reducing the carbon that we use overall in serving our customers,” Weis said. “It’s good for the environment, and it does not raise their bill. In fact, it may lower it a little bit.”
City Councilors will vote on the solar energy purchase on Thursday.